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Seneff, Hess win individual championships

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

LYNCHBURG -- Halifax County's girls' and boys' indoor track and field teams swept the Western Valley District championships Saturday at Liberty University.

The Comets' girls' team scored 139 points en route to a 12-point victory over William Fleming (127). George Washington-Danville (60) placed third, followed by Patrick Henry (57) and Franklin County (37).

The Comets' boys' team tallied 142 points, 21 more than second-place PH (121). William Fleming (89) was third, followed by FCHS (54) and Danville (12).

A year ago, the Comets shared the boys' championship with the Patriots and came in last in the girls' competition.

For FCHS's girls' squad, T. Hess won the 500-meter dash in 1:28.49, finished fifth in the high jump by clearing 4 feet, 4 inches, placed fifth in the long jump with a leap of 13 feet 3 1/2 inches and came in sixth in the 300-meter dash in 47.64 seconds.

Emily Philpott took second in the 1,000-meter run in 4:01.01 and second in the 3,200-meter run in 14:36.14.

Also, Ngoc Bui came in fourth in the 1,600-meter run in 7:20.87 and Maranda Lancaster was fifth in the 55-meter hurdles in 11.65 seconds.

FCHS's boys' squad netted almost half of its points (23) in the pole vault.

Coy Seneff, the reigning Northwest Region champion, cleared 14 feet, 7 inches in qualifying and won the event at 13 feet. The district championship is his second in indoor competition.

Bram Chaconas was second at 10 feet and Ben Ramsey tied for third at 8 feet.

Also, the Eagles scored 11 points in the shot put.

Ryan Wade placed second with a throw of 44 feet, 6 inches. Josh Stone was fifth with a toss of 40 feet, 3 inches and Tyler Flournoy was sixth with a heave of 38 feet.

Ethan Oakley finished second in the 1,000-meter run in 2:57.37 and fourth in the 1,600-meter run in 4:59.78.

Ben Ramsey came in fifth in the 1,000-meter run in the 1,000-meter run in 3:07.88

The FCHS quartet of Marquis Smith, Ramsey, Cameron Yopp and Andrew Williams took third in the 800-meter relay in 1:42.37.


TRACK NOTES: The Northwest Regionals begins today at the Prince George County's Sports & Learning Center in Landover, Md.

Seneff, who signed a national letter-of-intent to continue his career at NCAA Division I Radford University Tuesday, seeks his second straight regional title in the pole vault.

•FCHS's Savannah Bowne placed fourth in the girls' pole vault in the JDL FastTrack Invitational held Saturday, Jan. 26 in Winston-Salem, N.C.

Bowne cleared a personal-best height of 10 feet. The event featured 13 competitors.

•Seneff placed second in the pole vault at the Virginia Tech High School Invitational in Blacksburg on Feb. 2. He cleared 14 feet. Bowne finished 15th. She cleared 9 feet.

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